The Consumer Financial Protection Agency can bog down any other agency by encumbering agency rules or policies.
Hugh was biassed—felt bias and anger as an encumbering and untimely weight.
He was as impatient to assail his task and beat off the encumbering weight.
She assisted the strong hands to rip away her encumbering skirts.
I stripped to my shirt, delighted to be freed of the encumbering garments.
All non-combatants and refugees should go to the rear and be discouraged from encumbering us.
The encumbering woods are cut down, the unhealthy marshes are drained.
One by one I have laid aside my own encumbering prejudices in order to keep up with the procession.
Were he but free from these encumbering robes; were he but a man like the poet or the Chevalier!
In the latter case, as they had no encumbering blankets, it would have gone ill without a roaring camp-fire.
early 14c., "burden, vex, inconvenience," from Old French encombrer "to block up, hinder, thwart," from Late Latin incombrare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + combrus "barricade, obstacle," probably from Latin cumulus "heap." Meaning "hinder, hamper" is attested in English from late 14c. Related: Encumbered; encumbering.